Last October, two global rugby league tests in Auckland across consecutive weekends - Tonga v Kangaroos, and Kiwis v Kangaroos - combined to deliver $1.16m in regional GDP and more than 15,000 new visitor nights.
"This global program is both exciting and ground-breaking and it is great to see the Great Britain Rugby League Lions following in the historic footprints of previous tours".
The Oceania Cup will be played in June and November during the global Test windows.
"It's an exciting prospect for worldwide rugby league, and good to have that Great Britain tradition back".
It will be the first time Great Britain have played since the home series against New Zealand in the autumn of 2007.
New Zealand Rugby League announced on Tuesday two worldwide league competitions this year - the return of the touring Great Britain Rugby League Lions (featuring players from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland) as well as six-nation Oceania Cup including Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa and Papua New Guinea.
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New Zealand Rugby League CEO Greg Peters told Mike Hosking that although part of the tournament will clash with the final of the Rugby World Cup, is not an issue for the competition. "We all want to bring back the game of global footy to the prestigious position it used to be".
"It is uplifting that so much meaningful global competition is taking place around the globe in 2019 at all levels and it is also gratifying to see Great Britain Rugby League Lions reappear on the calendar, surely one of our sport's most iconic brands". "We were planning on announcing this a while ago and it's the game of rugby league which is the only thing we are concerned about".
"It's 12 years since Great Britain last played a Test, and 13 since they last travelled to the southern hemisphere, for the Tri-Nations series of 2006".
"The return of the famous Great Britain jersey is something people have been talking about for a long time so this is an exciting announcement for us".
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